– nrlymrtl, 05/08/2011
Terry Pratchett has brought us readers another excellent Disc World novel, specifically a Tiffany Aching book. This is the fourth, and perhaps final, adventure of Tiffany Aching and the Nac Mac Feegles. Tiffany Aching, a girl who is good with cheese and a witch, lives on The Chalk raising sheep like nearly everyone else in the area. The adventures started with The Wee Free Men when Tiffany was eight years old. She took on the creatures of Fairyland, armed with a sensible frying pan, to rescue her baby brother.
The Nac Mac Feegles are blue-bodied, red-haired, foul-mouthed, totally endearing, somewhat magical beings. Only a few inches tall, they pack in many laughs through out the series of four books.One of the less embarrasing things they often shout is “Crivens!” We have a very cranky, older chicken that we named Crivens after reading this book. In Hat Full of Sky, Tiffany continues with her witch training and nearly looses her mind to dangerous entity when she learns an advanced trick on her own, allowing her to step outside her body.
In the third book, Wintersmith, Tiffany must end winter before all the flocks of The Chalk die. To do this, she must face The Wintersmith outwitting him and ending his power for two seasons. Tiffany is now recognized as a witch, with her own hat and broom. The Nac Mac Feegles have recognized her as the big wee hag o’ the hills and are under a geas from their kelda to always protect her. Imagine privacy issues. The Wintersmith courts Tiffany, hoping to win her heart and make winter eternal. The courtship efforts include Tiffany-shaped snow flakes and icebregs.
Finally, in I Shall Wear Midnight, Tiffany is now 15. She faces a new threat, one that threatens all witches; an enemy that has the power to turn peoples’ minds towards witch burning. The Nac Mac Feegles do their best to help and not get caught helping, as Tiffany wants to handle things on her own. A new love interest also steps onto the scene. If Terry Pratchett never writes another Tiffany Aching novel again (which would be sad) I feel he wrapped the story up in a good way. Thank you Terry Pratchett for all the hours of thoughtful laughter!